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Ron Rivera Presser: If Kyle Allen takes what’s given to him and manages the game, he can be very efficient

Ron Rivera speaks to the media after today’s practice

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Ron Rivera talked to reporters again after yesterday’s huge announcement that Dwayne Haskins Jr. was getting benched, Kyle Allen was the new starter, and Alex Smith moves up to the #2 QB. The big update on the injury front was that Chase Young has returned to practice after missing the last game and a half with a groin injury.

Rivera called Allen’s status as starter a game-to-game situation, and talked about the next four games of the schedule.

“If he takes what’s given to him and manages the game, he can be very efficient.”

He highlighted Allen’s intelligence, vision and the ability to make the big play when it’s there. Rivera was impressed with the young QB when he came to the Panthers as an UDFA. He also mentions that the “guys got behind him” and support their new starting QB.

Alex Smith could have had one leg after complications and infections hospitalized and almost killed him. Instead he is now one snap away from playing in an NFL game again. Rivera reiterated that he doesn’t have any issues with playing Smith after his rehabilitation and clearance from team doctors. He hasn’t had a lot of reps as the inactive #3 QB this year, but he will get more now as the backup.

Press Conference: Ron Rivera

Head Coach Ron Rivera spoke to the media

Posted by Washington Football Team on Thursday, October 8, 2020

Injury Report:

Chase Young:

Alex Smith:

Kyle Allen:

3rd down defense:

Dwayne Haskins Jr.:

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